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April 2, 2013 0 Comments

Steff Metal reviews: Rue – Thorns

Thorns, the second full-length from Ohio-based Sludge metallers Rue, was released Nov 2011. Since Rue’s last full-length was in 2003, and it wasn’t exactly memorable, when listening to this album it’s best to think of them as a new band. Their sound has certainly matured and developed, and what you get […]

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July 2, 2012 1 Comment

3 New Zealand bands to watch out for: Beastwars, Exordium Mors, and Heavy Metal Ninjas

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These days, it can no longer be said that New Zealand bands aren’t living up to their international counterparts. Although our local scene is still small and incestuous, the quality of releases and Beastwars Beastwars are a Wellington four-piece who have been regarded for a long time as one of […]

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May 4, 2012 0 Comments

Steff Metal reviews Ptahil – For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory

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“Illumination through Satanic Gnosticism!” proclaims Ptahil’s marketing material. “Lyrically manuscripted from Satanic introspection and musically composed from dissonant flagellation.” I cannot make this stuff up. Described as Satanic black/punk/doom, Ptahil seem to have way too many “slashes” through their genre to be any good. (It’s usually my experience that the […]

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February 23, 2012 0 Comments

Review: Clinging to the Trees Of A Forest Fire – Visceral

Denvor-based sludge-grind trio Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire released their EP Visceral last summer from Prosthetic Records. I’ve just now got around to giving it a spin, and I can tell you now – visceral it most certainly is. This isn’t music – it’s a sonic assault […]

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November 6, 2011 2 Comments

Review: The House of Capricorn – In the Devil’s Days

I once spent a summer excavation season digging in a swamp on the east coast of NZ. We woke at 6:30 am, listened to a lecture in Maori on the marae we were staying on, and went over the our respective holes, pulling out sodden logs, woven ropes and other […]

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